May 3rd, 2021 9:57 PM by Jackie A. Graves
Once your finances are in order and you’ve found an agent to guide through the homebuying process, you may feel ready to start your search. But before you tour any homes, take some time to put pen to paper.
By creating a homebuying wish list, you'll give your agent a solid idea of what your ideal home looks like. Here's how to build an effective and thorough homebuying wish list.
Decide on a location
You have probably heard the first rule of real estate—location, location, location. It's a key factor in determining how much you can afford, how long your commute will be, what school district you're in and more. Consider the following:
Determine what type of home you want
Each home type has its advantages and disadvantages, and the right one for you will depend on your finances, lifestyle and stage of life.
Make a list of other criteria
Once you decide what type of home you want, determine your "must-haves" and your deal breakers. Think about your household now and how your needs may change in the future. Ask yourself specific daily lifestyle questions that will help you rank items in order of importance. For example:
As you go through your wish list with your agent, be sure to tell them your reason(s) for buying. As a result, they may show you homes you wouldn't have otherwise considered.
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